Trip joined Cub Scouts this fall, and as a first grader, he’s a Tiger Scout. I am serving as Den Leader for the Tigers. Trip has received the Bobcat badge, and the den is working on getting the Tiger badge.
The Bobcat badge is the first “rank” boys receive when they join Cub Scouts. To earn the badge, the Scout should:
- Learn and say the Scout Oath, with help if needed.
- Learn and say the Scout Law, with help if needed.
- Show the Cub Scout sign. Tell what it means.
- Show the Cub Scout handshake. Tell what it means.
- Say the Cub Scout Motto. Tell what it means.
- Show the Cub Scout Salute. Tell what it means.
- With your parent or guardian, complete the exercises in the pamphlet How to Protect Your Children From Child Abuse: A Parent’s Guide—Bobcat Requirements.
Our den played some games and practiced together to complete Requirements #1-6.
The Tigers in the den just completed their “Games Tigers Play” belt loop. It is one of the required loops on the road to earning the Tiger badge.
To earn this loop, the requirements are to:
- Play two initiative or team-building games with the members of your den. Listen carefully to your leader while the rules are being explained, and follow directions when playing. At the end of the game, talk with the leader about what you learned when you played the game. Tell how you helped the den by playing your part.
- Make up a game with the members of your den.
- Make up a new game, and play it with your family or members of your den or pack.
- While at a sporting event, ask a player or coach why he or she thinks it is important to be active.
- Bring a nutritious snack to a den meeting. Share why you picked it and what makes it a good snack choice.
It was interesting to watch the boys working on their teamwork, listening, and compromising skills, especially with #1 and #2. The assistant den leader and I tried to guide the process. Requirement #3 was especially fun. The boys made up some great games, and they worked on their presentation skills while sharing the games and explaining the rules.
Requirement #4 was awesome. The den went to a local high school girls’ basketball game. On a planning note, girls’ high school games seem more accessible than boys’ games because the coach was willing to meet with the boys, ticket prices were reasonable, and (for better or for worse) they don’t always have high attendance. I had arranged to meet with the coach after the game.
The boys were extremely excited to cheer on the home team, and it was a close game in the end. Later the girls told us they could hear the boys cheering and yelling, and they loved it. The coach and the entire team met with the Tigers for about ten minutes after the game and answered questions about being athletes. (And…everyone was in pretty good spirits because the home team won!)
Our pack also had the Raingutter Regatta. The boys decorated boats from a kit. My parents were in town the week before the event, and my dad helped Michael fashion a Minions boat with blue and yellow paint and printed duct tape. Trip took home a few trophies–one for first place among the Tigers and the other for third place overall. It was a fun afternoon.
Now, the boys are working on the next loop–Tiger Bites!